Book Review: Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre(s): New Adult; Contemporary Romance

Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District. Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise. Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.


  • All of the emotions
  • This was definitely an alternative love story
  • Baseball players yessss
  • It wasn’t all about sex
  • I didn’t want to put it down


  • I thought the sibling bickering was kind of dumb
  • I thought that how long she was hung up on Adam was a TAD ridiculous

My Thoughts: Damn. This book was an emotional book. Wish You Were Here is not your typical romance. It’s the story about a girl who loves a boy, but it’s also a story about how a girl learns to love herself. As big of a part as Adam played in this book, I almost felt like he was a subplot to the story of a lost girl finding herself.

There were some things that made me roll my eyes, like the fact that Charlotte was hung up on Adam so long to begin with. And the way Charlotte and Chuck treated each other was really immature, even if it did calm down throughout the rest of the book.

It was predictable, but not in a way that would make it lose any stars. I knew right off the bat what was up with Adam and how the story would eventually play out, but that didn’t take away from the experience of actually reading it and watching it happen.

I’ve also got a soft spot for hunky baseball players and this book has a few of those.

Overall, I really loved this book. I instantly rated it five stars and plan to reread it very soon. I would recommend this book to fans of Colleen Hoover.


Renee Carlino

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